Free Debris Will Call You to Dance and Dare You to Dream
An Unfolding Story of Undulating Oddities
The debut EP, Free Debris, by Annabelle Maginnis is a culmination of care between herself and several collaborators. Producers on the project include B~Smooth,Teddy Roxpin, Smile High Club, CAPYAC and Zhao (in order of appearance). Free Debris includes the singles, “Hear My Mind,” “Steady,” and “Little Toes.”
The Foreword, Respite and Epilogue titled “Courage,” were produced by B~Smooth. They’re a dissection of one song that reflects on the lineage of bravery that lent itself to the ease of Annabelle’s recent coming out to their family. Despite all of the work of queer icons in the past and it was still a huge hurdle for the artist. The track was originally one tune, but B~Smooth offered the idea of breaking it into three parts. With the story expressed throughout the EP, the evolution of self-affirmation becomes an audio motif and a story told in a non-linear cycle.
In the song, “Growing Pains,” with Teddy Roxpin and Ricky Bakken, Annabelle claims that you’ve “gotta go through good to get to great, sprouts ain’t scared, they don’t hesitate.” While nature may not put its growth on pause for existential reasons, humans do. Yet with such good friends as collaborators, the process of the project became a call for growth in and of itself.
One of the most vulnerable tracks is called “Up2U.” It was originally about the personal inhibitions of Annabelle looking up to her father. His opposition to her decision to make music struck her in a big way. Despite her musical progress, he insisted that she pursue another path through further academia. Due to their close and otherwise healthy relationship, his disapproval was a hard pill to swallow. Regardless of circumstances, when one human looks up to the other, they crank their neck to do so (a sentiment offered by the chorus of the song). From a minor personal trial, the concept for the piece progressed into a dissection of the ways humans alter themselves to appeal to a hierarchy. The same can be said for looking down: inequality disconnects and serves no one.
The single “Hear My Mind” is a dance anthem for the alone time lover. It offers celebration in the ease of being alone. The single “Steady” challenges the pace of life, attempting a balance between hustle and patience through economy of motion and connection with others. The final single, “Little Toes,” with a music video by Lance Williams, was a collaboration between Annabelle and CAPYAC. It drew inspiration from a poem by Eric of CAPYAC that reflects on a fragile situation; his friend had given birth to a premature baby months prior. Just before our session, Eric got the call that the family and baby were able to finally go home. To the relief of all of us, we conjured a song about the situation. The song reflects on how fragile and valuable we are. While filming the music video, it was serendipitously revealed that the baby’s name is Annabelle.
released June 11, 2019
Annabelle Maginnis - writing, vocals, violin, mandolin, composition
Delwin Campbell - Mixing, production, keys
Teddy Roxpin - Production, composition, keys, percussion
Smile High - Production, keys
Kenny Zhao - Production, keys, bass, guitar
B~Smooth - Production
Rachel White - Vocal sound engineering
Kofi Asare-Aboagye - Vocals
Richard Bakken - Bass, guitar, production, composition
Def Sound - Writing (lyrics), Vocals
Hunter Craig - Bass
Max Newman- Guitar
Will Robinson- Bass
Eric Peana - Writing
Tarekith at Inner Portal Studio - Mastering
The music of Annabelle Maginnis will invite you to think, call you to dance, and dare you to feel. Based in LA with bi-
coastal roots, a sense of exploration comes through in their lyrics and melodies. Annabelle is informed by culture and inspired by nature for a fully human experience....more